Friday, August 16, 2013

"Keep This Train A-Rollin'" by The Doobie Brothers

Song#:  0497
Date:  02/14/1981
Debut: 82
Peak:  62
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from their lackluster "One Step Closer" album couldn't do much to prompt further interest in the LP or group. By the end of the year, the last remaining original Doobie, Patrick Simmons, was headed out the door and they were expecting leader Michael McDonald to follow suit. With that, the group decided to call it quits and embarked on a farewell tour. Late in the 80s, the group would reform, but the tour officially ended the McDonald era of the group.

ReduxReview:  With the title, you might think that this song would be a throwback to the earlier Doobie sound. But alas, it is written by Michael McDonald and has that same soft rock, blue-eyed soul sound that he was famous for. Like the previous singles, it lacks any real punch and is basically forgettable.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Two of the Doobies in this current iteration, John McFee and Keith Knudsen, went on to form the successful country-rock group Southern Pacific after the Doobies split. The group ended up having four country Top 10 hits before disbanding in 1993.


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